Dover Assembly of God
9.2.2018 | Acts - Week 17
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  • Dover Assembly of God
    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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This Week's Bulletin
September 2, 2018
Welcome to Dover Assembly!
We are so glad you have chosen to attend Dover Assembly this morning. It is not by accident that you are here. We believe that God has allowed you to be here so that you might receive all that He has for you. We pray you are blessed as you allow the Lord to work in your life.

9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donut Fellowship
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministries
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service
7:00 pm ~ Deacon Board Meeting
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT !

8:00 am ~ Fearless Youth Conference
Attention all men of Dover. Mark your calendars for the upcoming conference on Oct 19-20 to be held at Trinity Life A/G in Baltimore. It is always a tremendous outpouring of God’s spirit upon hundreds of men. Sign up in the lower foyer.

Deadline for registration and payment of $55 is Sunday Sept. 23. Lunch on Saturday will be provided on site.
Next Sun., Sept 9, during the morning service, we will be praying for all the students that are going back to school as well as anyone who is associated with a school. We want to send them back with a special prayer of blessing. Be sure to join us as we dedicate our young people to God for this new school year!
Women of Purpose Women’s Ministries – upcoming events:

~ Fall Bible Study ~ all ladies are invited to Part 1 of our Fall Bible Study. We will be studying the book, Finding Healing for nine (9) weeks beginning Mon., Sept. 10 through Mon., Nov. 5, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the downstairs church fellowship room. Part 2 of the study will be in the Spring March 4 – April 29. Please sign up in the upper foyer. Books Bundles are $10.00 per bundle which includes a book and study guide.
~ The Annual Women’s Conference is scheduled for Nov 9-10. Please see the information at the women’s table in the upper foyer.
~ Next WOP get together is Friday Oct 19—More information to follow.
~ WOP Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Friday, Dec 14—More information to follow.

We are almost there! We have raised $8920.50 toward our matching funds goal of $10,000 to be applied to the total $50,000 for the repair of the parking lot and parsonage roof. Please help us reach this first goal of $10,000. Once we reach the first $10,000, our matching donor will contribute $10,000, which will bring us down to $30,000 due! Please help us pay off this debt. To God be all the glory!
We are updating our current prayer chain. If you would like to be a prayer partner with needs of our church, fill out the blue card in the pew rack write “Prayer” on it and give it to Pastor Jeff.
Many have been wondering when they will arrive. We were notified of a tentative arrival of Mon., Sept 17. As the date approaches we will have a more accurate date and time. That means we will need many hands to remove the old pews before the new chairs arrive.

There is a sign up sheet in the lower foyer for all those who are available to help with the removal.

Additional recent birthdays and anniversaries

Sep 24 ~ Tara Miller

Aug 8 ~ Tom & Tara Miller
Aug 26 ~ Fred & Linda Shoppe
Sep 22 ~ Jeff & Cele Kress
Please take time to review and pray for those on this list. Drop them a card or call to set up a time to visit. They will be blessed!
~ Helen S.
Prayer Needs
~ Robin H.
~ Phil & Murina S.
~ Marian T.

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Last week, we talked about the conversion of Saul.

At the end of chapter 9, we see Peter preaching to the Jews. God was using him to heal a paralytic, God through Peter, raised Dorcas from the dead.

The gospel was spreading quickly through the Jewish ranks.

Now we come to chapter 10. This marks a pivotal moment in the history of the church.

Up until this point, the gospel was only reaching the Jewish people. It was now going to be open to Gentiles.

The first question would be. . . So why Peter? Why does God use Peter? Wasn’t Peter the apostle to the Jews? And Paul to the gentiles?

It goes back to what Jesus said to Peter...
What are the keys? What gets you into the kingdom of heaven? The gospel, right?

So, as opposed to the teaching that Peter was the first Pope, it tells us that Peter was going to figuratively open the door to heaven to people. By means of the gospel.

He opened the door to the Jews in Acts 2.
So the door was opened to the Jews. Then he opened the door to the Samaritans...
Now the door was opened to the Samaritans. Now he was about to open the door to the Gentiles.

Samaritans were religious people of Jewish descent that only believed in the Pentateuch, so when the gospel was presented to them, it was still within the Jewish population.

But now God was going to open it up to Gentiles, something that was never done before. If a Gentile wanted to be a part of the Jewish faith, they had to convert to Judaism. They couldn’t stay a Gentile and be Jewish.

But God was going to blow that all up.
Acts of the Apostles 10:1-2 NLT

Here we have a religious man who knew about the God of Israel, but he was not a convert to Judaism. He feared God and prayed as a gentile. He was sincere in his devotion to God’s law and for giving to the poor. He was a model of religious respect. He did everything right, but he wasn’t saved.

It is totally possible to do everything right according to some religious code and appear righteous but not have a relationship with God.

The difference between Cornelius and many today is this, Cornelius knew that what he did wasn’t enough. He knew there needed to be a way to be saved.

His prayers were asking God to show him the truth.
Acts of the Apostles 11:12-14 NLT

Many today think that how they live is sufficient and that they do not need a savior--that they don’t need to be forgiven. They don’t have a concept of their own sin or God’s grace.

They either think they are good enough, or they think that can never be good enough.

But everyone is in need of God’s grace applied to their lives.
Acts of the Apostles 10:3-4 NLT

It was 3:00 pm - the appointed time for prayer.
Not being Jewish, he was not permitted to go to the temple, so he had to have prayer by himself.

And it was during his prayer time that God spoke. God often speaks when we are in a position to hear him.
God sent an angel, just like he did for Philip. Why not just tell Cornelius instead of making him send for Peter?

It would have been a lot easier on everyone and the outcome would be the same, but angels are not to preach, that job has been given to people.

And Peter had been given the keys and he was about to open the last door.
Acts of the Apostles 10:4-6 NLT

Going back to the previous verse in Acts 11 we looked at, God was telling him I heard about your prayer to know me, so. . .

Send messengers to Joppa to find Simon Peter. He will tell you how you and all your household will be saved!' (Acts 11:13-14 NLT)

That was part of what he was praying! So when he heard what he needed to do, he didn’t hesitate.
Acts of the Apostles 10:7-8 NLT

So not only was Cornelius devout, so were his employees. So he listens to God and instantly obeys.

Meanwhile, God was now preparing the other end of this plan.
Acts of the Apostles 10:9-10 NLT

God uses situations and circumstances in our lives to speak truth to us.

When we are in a position of need, God will use that to get our attention. So while Peter’s hungry and asleep, he gets a vision about food.

How coincidental!
Acts of the Apostles 10:11-13 NLT

Nothing like getting a vision of food when you’re hungry, but it’s all food that you can’t eat.

Leviticus 11 tells Peter all the foods that he can’t eat, yet God is telling him it’s okay.
Acts of the Apostles 10:14 NLT

Why is this a good analogy?
Because the distinction between clean and unclean foods was a stumbling block for the gentiles.

This was one area that was a problem when the two were together.
Acts of the Apostles 11:2-3 NLT

God was teaching Peter that there is no longer anyone who is not welcome in God’s family.

Even though Peter sounded respectful when he said “NO” to God about eating, he was still saying no to God, so God had to rebuke him...
Acts of the Apostles 10:15 NLT

That sentence was the whole point of the analogy and of what Peter was about to face.

If God says that person is acceptable, no matter what we may think or feel, he/she is a child of God.

This account was about to merge two people groups that up until now didn’t associate with each other.

The gospel is supposed to make all who believe into one family. We are referred to as brothers and sisters, with God as our father.

Peter was so entrenched in what he learned, that God had to speak 3 times to get him to understand.
Acts of the Apostles 10:16 NLT

Sometimes when we read something, how many have thought “that can’t really mean what I think it means”?

And you read it over and over until it sinks in? That's Peter in this situation...
Acts of the Apostles 10:17-18 NLT

God’s timing is always perfect.

Here we have Peter just pondering about what God had told him when all of a sudden these guys show up. Have you ever read something and just about the time you read it, or soon after, something happens that applies to that?

It’s uncanny how God works that way.
Acts of the Apostles 10:19-21 NLT

The phrase “without hesitation” KJV uses “doubting nothing” NASB says “without misgivings”

It literally means “make no distinctions”.

Peter was commanded from this point on to “make no distinctions” between Jew & Gentile. All were equal in God’s eyes.

And now that truth was about to be put to the test. Would Peter drop his biases against Gentiles? Would he believe that every person is equal in God’s eyes and all are needing the gospel?
Acts of the Apostles 10:22 NLT

First off, when Peter invited them in for the night, he was already obeying God’s directive about no distinction.

Remember, Jews and Gentiles didn’t mix well together. But Peter now understood that in God’s eyes we are all the same and all need a savior.

No distinction!
Acts of the Apostles 10:23-24 NLT

Peter had gathered some witnesses for what was about to happen. God’s word says to rely on 2-3 witnesses for a testimony.

And he would need that later on in Acts 15, at the Council in Jerusalem.
Acts of the Apostles 15:13-14 NLT

We assume that those with Peter would corroborate his account.
Acts of the Apostles 10:25-27 NLT

Cornelius believed there to be something supernatural about Peter, but Peter knew that receiving worship like that was blasphemous.
Acts of the Apostles 12:21-23 NLT

We need to be careful about any praise or accolades that we receive from people. Anything that we accomplish for God, it’s because God chose us. We are nothing special.
Acts of the Apostles 10:28-29 NLT

The first thing he had to do was to set their minds at ease. We assume that Cornelius knew about the Jewish traditions and not being Jewish, there were things that were prohibited.

He knew there was a separation. There were distinctions between Jews and Gentiles.

First thing Peter did was tell him that God accepted him. Isn’t that the best thing you could hear? That God accepts you where you are. There is no distinction between anyone.

Galatians tells us there is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female.

Christians of all people should be the most inclusive and accepting of other believers regardless of race, ethnic origin, etc.
Acts of the Apostles 10:33 NLT

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